The Construction Research Center (CRC) was established by The University of Texas at Arlington as a vehicle for the development of construction technology and dissemination of newly developed technology to the professional community. It is part of the Department of Civil Engineering within the College of Engineering.
Advised by member industry representatives (the Construction Research Advisory Committee, CRAC), and other UT Arlington colleges, the CRC is establishing a dynamic record of university-industry cooperation toward the realization of dynamic mutual objectives. Refer to theConstructionResearch Advisory Committee for a current roster.
Since the Center's establishment in 1972, it has directed considerable funding toward construction research and education. In addition, the CRC has sponsored and conducted hundreds of seminars and educational programs in the community to satisfy the practical needs of the various construction and building industry members.
The research programs generally include the departments of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Geology, Economics, and Business Administration. The specified areas of study range from light foundations to the econometrics of the construction industry. Refer to the CRC Technical Reports for a current listing of available publications. Seminars, special courses, and special programs are held for their educational values and to disseminate research.
Over the past several years, the CRC has also developed a computer bank of some 20,000 addresses of companies and individuals associated with the construction industry. From this bank, the Center selects those appropriate to receive continuing education course material and other information mailings.
The major annual continuing education program is the Building Professional Institute, held each May on the UTA campus. The week-long program, conducted in conjunction with the Building Officials Association of Texas, provides 100-plus topical presentations in twenty track areas, including the International Building Code. The Building Professional Institute provides approved continuing education courses for AIA architects, real estate inspectors, insurance adjusters, engineers, electricians, registered accessibility specialists, and planners.
CRAC membership presently consists of representatives from approximately 29 organizations, including home builders, designers, engineers, general contractors, architects, material and service suppliers, government officials and testing labs, who have vested interests in the CRC's educational and research activities.
Annual membership issecured by means of a tax deductible grant of $300 to the CRC. Since the Center is not budgeted by the State or the University, these funds are used to provide seed money for educational and research activities and to defray overhead costs associated with the Center's operation.
CRAC membership provides a unique combination of advantages to companies:
- Participation, at no cost, in CRAC meetings (two a year).
- Free copies of those CRC technical reports (on research projects completed at UTArlington) which are published while a company is a member of CRAC. Reports published prior to joining the CRAC are also available for a reduced fee.
- Greatly enhanced & facilitated opportunities to contact others in the construction industry with similar interests.
- A mechanism to help guide and counsel the multi-disciplinary expertise of UT Arlington in addressing problems of the construction industry.
- Reduced registration costs in all CRC continuing education courses and seminars including the 21st Annual Building Professional Institute in Arlington, May 20-24, 2013, and in Houston, February 4-7, 2013 . Visit www.buildingprofessionalinstitute.com for more information.
For further information on joining the Construction Research Advisory Committee, please contact:
Construction Research Center
The University of Texas at Arlington
PO Box 19347
Arlington, TX 76019-0347